Seminole State's Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Automotive Technology, fully accredited by NATEF Technology, Ford and General Motors (GM), has been identified as the number one automotive educational program in the United States. The unique curriculum combines the latest in automotive technology education and relevant industry internships, with strong academic coursework designed to prepare the graduate for a strong and successful career in the automotive service industry. Coursework includes distance learning Web assignments. Access to a computer is required. Students may access computers in any Seminole State College's library computer lab.
Active industry partnerships and current faculty with a wide range of expertise provide students up-to-date curriculum that integrates traditional vehicle technology with emerging alternative fuel technologies such as hybrid-electric and hydrogen fuel cell. Students may focus on domestic (GM and Ford) and import vehicle diagnosis and repair.
|AER1073||Parts and Service|
This course will instruct the student in management policies and procedures as related to parts department operation and service department operation. Lab fee required.
|AER1082||Introduction to Vehicle Systems and Minor Service|
This course is designed to introduce the student to the various systems of the automobile. It includes instruction in shop practices. The student will learn minor repair procedures, including lubrication, wheel and tire, exhaust system service and new car pre-delivery services. Lab fee required.
|AER1197||Engine Diagnoses and Repair|
This course is a study of the principles of operational and problem diagnoses of the internal combustion engine. The theory of operation of the various engines in use is presented. Engines will be properly disassembled, parts identified, inspected, measured and reassembled. Proper testing and break-in procedures along with approved diagnostic troubleshooting procedures will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
|AER1580||Anti-lock Brakes and Traction Control Systems|
This course will cover the theory of operation, testing and diagnosis of anti-lock brake, traction control and stability control systems. Lab fee required.
|AER1496||Steering and Suspension Systems|
The student will develop the knowledge and skills related to the operation and function of steering and suspension systems. Alignment, testing, diagnosis and repair of modern vehicle systems will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
This course is a study of the theory and operation of brake systems. Students will learn all aspects of the diagnosis, repair and testing of brake systems including drum and disc brakes and power brake operation and repair. Lab fee required.
|AER1602||Electrical/Electronic Systems I|
A comprehensive course introducing the student to the principles of electricity and electronics as applied to electrical systems. The principles of Ohm's Law will lead the student into the use of digital volt ohmmeters and oscilloscopes utilizing lab and hands-on exercises. Proper diagnostic skills will be taught and applied through the troubleshooting and repair of problems on live vehicles. Lab fee required.
This course will cover automotive chassis-related electrical and electronic systems. Covered systems will include, but not be limited to, instrumentation, ride control, supplemental inflatable restraint system, four wheel steering and power accessories. Theory of operation and diagnosis will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the theory and operation of modern heating and air conditioning systems as used on vehicles. Included are proper diagnostic and repair procedures. Recycling and storage of CFC's and the effect on the environment is stressed. Lab fee required.
This course covers the operation of modern transmission and drive train components. The student will learn in detail overhaul, testing, diagnosis and repair procedures. Courses related to automatic transmission/transaxles will be included in the curriculum. These are subject to change as new courses replace outdated and obsolete courses. Lab fee required.
|AER2398||Manual Transmissions/Drive Trains|
This course covers the operation of modern manual transmission and drive train components. Overhaul, testing, diagnosis and repair procedures will be emphasized. Noise, vibration and harshness will be taught. Lab fee required.
|AER2694||Electrical/Electronic Systems II|
This course will continue the study of electricity and electronics. It will begin with a review of semiconductor diodes and transistors and continue on through digital devices and microprocessors as applied to electronic and computer-controlled systems. Emphasis will be placed on testing and diagnosis of vehicle communication systems and subsystems. Hybrid, high voltage and electrical safety procedures will be covered. Lab fee required.
This course covers classroom and lab experiences related to approved techniques for diagnosis of driveability problems. Course content will include, but not be limited to, brake, steering and suspension, transmission and drive train, engine and performance diagnoses, including various computer-controlled systems. Lab fee required.
|AER2840||Engine Control Systems|
This course will teach the theory and operation of engine control systems. Emphasis is on approved diagnostic procedures, testing and repair of fuel injected gasoline engine controls. Covered topics include fuel injection, spark and emission control systems and diagnosis. Lab fee required.
|AER2870||Alternative Fuel and Propulsion Systems|
This course introduces the student to emerging technology and alternative fuel propulsion systems. Safety, theoretical operation and service procedures are discussed and practiced in the laboratory environment. Personal protective equipment, high voltage systems, hybrid and electric vehicle components and diagnostic service procedures are emphasized. Hybrid vehicle powertrain sub-systems are explored and unique features that distinguish these vehicles from conventional automobiles are discussed.
|AER29XX||Cooperative Education Internship in Automotive Technology |
(A total of 10 co-op credits are required for graduation. These 10 credits may also include up to 4 credit hours of AER 2920 Automotive Practicum)
|General Education Courses|
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher.
|Any General Education course||3|
|(PHY 1020 Conceptual Physics recommended)|
|Humanities General Education course||3|
|Mathematics or Science General Education course||3|
|Note: If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college preparatory mathematics course(s), if any were required by your entry level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.|
|Social Science General Education course||3|
|Note: If general education courses have not been initiated by the beginning of third semester, registration may be blocked.|